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[[caption-width-right:225:From left to right: Wimper, Woofer, Pepper, Larry, D.D., and Dotty.]]
''Clue Club'' was a Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon that was an expy in largest part of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' in that it entailed a group of four kids tapping into crimes and mysteries that the local law enforcement seemingly can't solve themselves.

The group consists of Larry, the team leader; Pepper, one of two female members; D.D., a Velma {{expy}} in a deerstalker cap but nowhere near as smart, and Dotty, the youngest member of the group and the team's troubleshooter. There are two dogs as well--Woofer (a bloodhound with a bravado complex) and Wimper (a basset who knows better). These two dogs can talk plain English to each other and other animals, just not humans. Sheriff Bagley is the baffled flatfoot who sees the Clue Club as more nosy than helpful but he takes his cap off to them when the crime is solved.

''Clue Club'' aired on Creator/{{CBS}} starting on August 14, 1976 (replacing ''Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'', which moved to Creator/{{ABC}} a month later). After a season, the episodes were chopped down to ten minutes and used as a feature on ''The Skatebirds'', rebilled as ''Woofer & Wimper: Dog Detectives''. At mid-season, ''WesternAnimation/TheRobonicStooges'' (another ''Skatebirds'' feature) was given its own time period (retitled ''The Three Robonic Stooges'') and took ''Woofer & Wimper'' with them. In 1978, ''Clue Club'' returned to CBS, airing on Sunday mornings. In the mid-[[TheEighties Eighties]], reruns of the series would become a staple of the early [[USANetwork USA Cartoon Express.]]

The complete series was released on DVD August 11, 2015 via Warner Archive.

!!This show provides examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Towards the end of the series, D.D. began to listen to Dotty's excuses to join the group for the reveal with open amusement.
* {{Adorkable}}: Inverted with Dotty. She's smart and adorable but she's no dork.
* AdultsAreUseless: Zig-zagged. Sheriff Bagley will oblige the Clue Club by gathering suspects together, and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure tip his hat to the team when they solve a mystery]]. However, he almost never seems to have the correct suspect on his own, and is never shown looking for evidence on his own.
* AnimalTalk: Woofer and Wimper only talk to themselves and other animals.
* BavarianFireDrill: Larry pulls one in "The Green Thumb Caper", after being told that no one was being admitted to the crime scene unless it was an emergency. Larry and co. then pretend to be "Tree Doctors" responding to an emergency.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dotty. "Hold it fuzzy face. You clobber my dogs with that hose, and I'll turn you into a monkey stew!"
* BigEater: Mr. Glut from "The Missing Pig Caper".
* BigFriendlyDog: Woofer and Wimper are obedient to Larry, D.D. and Pepper, but they adore Dotty. As Woofer opines in "The Amazing Heist":
-->'''Woofer:''' (''dreamy-eyed toward Dotty'') Oh, it just breaks my heart that she's a human.
-->'''Wimper:''' How's that, Woofer?
-->'''Woofer:''' Can you imagine the sensational lady bloodhound she'd make?
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: On at least two occasions, Woofer and Wimper have been chased by creatures with no seeming connection to the mystery. Once by a supposedly "stuffed" bear, and once by a giant monster jack 'o lantern. On both occasions, the dogs scare off their pursuer, in the case of the bear by saying they wanted a giant bear skin rug, and in the case of the jack o' lantern, by setting up a both at the County Fair to make "giant pumpkin pies". Since both the bear and the jack 'o lantern seem to understand the dogs when no one else can, and are never "unmasked" later as being involved with the villains of their respective episodes, they don't really seem to serve any purpose other than to give us funny moments with the dogs.
* BlatantLies: Dotty's excuses to join the group for the climax. Larry often sees right through them, but lets her stay anyway, in part because her antics have him amused, and in part because he relies on her for forensic analysis of clues.
-->'''Dotty''': I think they(the dogs)have laryngitis.
-->'''D.D.''': Personally, I think she's sensational.
-->'''Dotty''':Go ahead, bark fellas.
-->'''Woofer and Wimper''': (bark weakly)
-->'''Larry''': Uh-huh. Laryngitis. Would you guys like a couple of dog biscuits?
-->'''Woofer and Wimper''': (enthusiastic barking)
-->'''Larry''': [[{{Busted}} That's an amazing recovery.]]
-->'''Dotty''': I think it's a miracle.
* BusmansHoliday: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one episode by Sheriff Bagley, after a performer vanishes at the circus. "How come when you kids are involved it's never anything simple, like a holdup?"
* ButtMonkey: Woofer, mainly. D.D. and Pepper sometimes as well.
* CatchPhrase: Averted. Nobody on this show has a catch phrase.
** Although Larry did have something of a trademark gesture. When contemplating clues, he would blow a bubble with his gum, then deflate it.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Only two appearances in the anthology title ''Hanna-Barbera TV Stars'' (Marvel).
* CutToTheFunny: OnceAnEpisode, near the end, the heroes would be explaining what happened in the mystery, the camera would cut away to a scene of Woofer and Wimper doing something funny.
* DeadpanSnarker: D.D. and Pepper, usually toward each other.
* DefectiveDetective: Woofer. Yet at the end of every crime he crows to Wimper of how he solved it. D.D. and Pepper may also count since, while they will usually find valuable clues, they also stumble onto the episode's villain and get chased a lot.
* EasilyForgiven: The running bit of this show is that Dotty cannot join the others on their missions because she's only 13 years old. Yet each week she shows up at the denoument with an alibi why she's there, and Larry buys it.
** It isn't so much that Larry buys Dotty's excuses, which are often blatantly transparent, inasmuch as he can't find it in himself to stay mad at her.
* EyePop: The show was animated at Hanna-Barbera's Australian studio, so any scene animated by Kevin Roper and Richard Jones will feature eyes popping, mainly from Woofer and Wimper.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: Pepper and Dotty are sisters.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Larry
** TheLancer: D.D.
** TheSmartGuy: Dotty
** TheChick: Pepper
** TheBigGuy: Woofer (and to a lesser extent, Wimper)
* GadgetWatch: The Club's watches have a pager function.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one episode, Dotty remarks that if her computer tells her "Insufficient data" one more time, she'll recycle it into a beer can. This from a thirteen year old girl.
* GirlishPigtails: Dotty.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Eleven of the sixteen episodes are titled under "The _______ Caper" pattern.
* KidDetective: All the Club are teenagers, but at 13 Dotty is usually considered too young for field work.
** Averted in the two comic book appearances--Dotty joins everyone else on the cases.
* KnewItAllAlong: Woofer. Or at least that's what he claims at the end of each mystery.
--> '''Wimper''': Clue Club solves the crime!
--> '''Woofer''': I knew it all the time!
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Woofer, who always claims to know who the culprit is. When the real culprit is revealed - and it's almost never anyone Woofer suspects - Woofer will claim he knew it was them all along.
* LetsGetDangerous: In "The Walking House Caper", Larry, Pepper and D.D. are locked in a house by a creature (a fake, natch). Larry signals Dotty via his ring communicator in hopes she'll call the police. Instead, Dotty, Woofer and Wimper take it upon themselves to lure the creature away so they can rescue the team. And Dotty does have the foresight to call the police as well.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Usually and uniformly, D.D. gets paired with Pepper, Larry goes it solo, interrogating possible suspects, Woofer and Wimper get themselves in trouble, and Dotty stays at home where she uses computer technology (for 1976) and her own forensic science savvy to troubleshoot for the rest of the gang.
* LockedRoomMystery: The typical case the Club has is the investigation of bizarre thefts of large and presumably immovable objects that seemingly vanished into thin air.
* MissionControl: Where Dotty is usually relegated to handle research and forensic tests, not that it stops her from getting into the field each episode...
* MonsterClown: A couple that gave chase to Pepper and D.D. One in "The Dissolving Statue Caper" and again, apropos enough, in "The Circus Caper".
--> '''Pepper''': Why are we running from a clown? Clowns are sweet and lovable and sad.
--> '''D.D.''': This one's mean and hateful and mad! Keep running!
* TheNicknamer: Mostly Larry to Dotty, with a variety of affectionate diminutive nicknames, "Little one", "Small fry", "Pipsqueak", "Shorty", "Short stuff", etc.
* OnceAnEpisode: Dotty will show up at TheReveal, despite being told otherwise by the other club members, with a "[[BlatantLies perfectly good excuse"]] why she's there.
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known by His Initials]]: D.D.'s full name is never revealed.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: The British rock star in "The Amazing Heist." His dialect makes Dick Van Dyke's attempt in ''MaryPoppins'' seem authentic.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Usually, but at the big unveiling there is no latex mask pulled off the perp. Larry has the sheriff round up all the suspects so he can break down how the crime was committed before identifying whodunnit.
* StandardizedLeader: Larry.
* TheSummation: This ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' expy uses more visual footage to depict the criminals' moves more than others.
* {{Talking Animal}}s: Woofer and Wimper, but only between themselves or with other animals.
* TechMarchesOn: Sure, having a wrist mounted pager would have been advanced in the 1970s, but it's redundant in this age of cell phones unless it had two way communication as well.
* TeenGenius[=/=]TheSmartGirl: Dotty. She's so smart she can program her computer to play gin rummy with her. Only she loses thanks to Woofer's kibitzing.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pepper describes hotdogs as "Dotty's favorite fruit". In another episode, when going to a circus, Dotty has calculated the budget they'd need for snacks. She's assigned five hotdogs for herself in that budget, and when the mystery breaks out and she is sent home, she complains that she's only had four hotdogs.
* VideoPhone: The Club's car is equipped with one, which is connected by their GadgetWatch pager functions.
* VitriolicBestBuds: D.D. and Pepper, with loads of SnarkToSnarkCombat.
** Woofer and Wimper also qualify.
* WraparoundBackground
* YouMeddlingKids: More than a few villains expressed frustration that they would have gotten away with it if not for the "nosy" kids. Possibly adding insult to injury, at least a few of them only cited "three nosy kids", utterly discounting Dotty's contributions. Possibly justified. Larry and the others insisted on leaving Dotty at home to keep her safe. Revealing to desperate, potentially dangerous men that she cracked most of the clues might have put her in danger.
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